Trump sees job gains in Paris exit. Trade wars could erase them

Cheryl Sanders
June 4, 2017

President Trump announced on June 1 that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Trump, she said, is "playing on a past generation and a lost industry, and we can't bring it back". "If we can't, that's fine".

The coalition is one of at least two efforts launched to counter President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions by 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

In his very last tweet, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote that "sophisticated U.S. leadership is the sine qua non of a stable world order".

The agreement was hailed as a landmark when it was passed, with nearly 200 countries pledging to follow it.

"It was a really divisive and unnecessarily isolating speech", said Farhana Yamin, founder of non-profit network Track 0 and a veteran of climate talks.

So maybe the next time he decides to criticize the decision to get the US out of the Paris accord he should read the document first. "Trump's actions now put this dilemma out in the open".

The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact among almost 200 nations to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change.

Benjamin is vice president of the U.S. Council of Mayors.

On Friday, in his first public remarks since the announcement, Tillerson shrugged off the significance of Trump's decision, emphasizing the United States' "terrific record" on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and saying he hopes people can "keep (the decision) in perspective".

Spicer pointed out, however that there has been bipartisan support for the president's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

"We believe that continued USA participation benefits USA businesses and the economy in important and multiple ways", he said.

The United States would join war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, the latter of which doesn't think the accord has enough teeth to enforce its emissions targets, as the only nations in the world that have not signed the agreement.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", wrote French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni.

It appears, he says, that the White House cherry picked the lowest number they could find among studies that explored the impact of the climate accord. Accommodating the USA once again - they also walked away from the Kyoto Protocol - would have sent a signal that any country, at any time, could legitimately weaken an inconvenient pledge. It had said it will reduce its emission intensity - emissions per unit of GDP - by 33-35 per cent from 2005 levels by the year 2030.

But the White House had to have known it was going to get that question.

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